If you were at Camp Lejeune for a period of at least 30 days from August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and you have a medical condition that resulted from the contaminated water at the camp, you may be eligible to file a claim for damages. Furthermore, you may be able to secure a Camp Lejeune lawsuit loan to receive some of your compensation right away.
Here are the latest updates on the Camp Lejeune lawsuits as of May 2023:
May 5, 2023: PRESSURE ON DOJ INTENSIFIES AS NUMBER OF CLAIMS GROWS
The U.S. government is increasingly feeling pressure from the rising number of toxic water lawsuits related to Camp Lejeune. Recently, U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle expressed his impatience with the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers’ request for more time, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the now 900 filed lawsuits. The DOJ’s focus is to develop a plan to offer reasonable settlements to victims of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination.
May 1, 2023: CAMP LEJEUNE’S PSEUDO-CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
The Camp Lejeune litigation is now evolving into a pseudo-class action lawsuit, although it is not technically an MDL (multidistrict litigation) class action. The court will establish procedures for consolidating discovery, phased discovery, coordinating expert-related motions, coordinating dispositive motions, bellwether selection, trials, and settlement negotiations. This development is an essential step toward the government offering settlements to victims.
April 20, 2023: COURT GRANTS DOJ EXTENSION
With thousands of plaintiffs filing Camp Lejeune administrative claims and hundreds of toxic water lawsuits in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the DOJ has been granted an extension to file answers to plaintiffs’ complaints until May 31, 2023. This indicates that the court will likely consolidate pretrial proceedings, which will significantly impact the litigation process and pave the way for future Camp Lejeune settlement offers.
April 19, 2023: JUDGE DEMANDS SWIFT PROGRESS IN LITIGATION
Judge James C. Dever III emphasizes the importance of expediting the Camp Lejeune cases, acknowledging that victims cannot afford to wait for lengthy legal procedures.
April 18, 2023: THE NUMBER OF LAWSUITS INCREASES
Over 800 Camp Lejeune civil lawsuits are now pending in the Eastern District of North Carolina, with an average of over 20 new cases filed each day. If this pace continues, there could be over 2,000 pending cases by Memorial Day.
April 9, 2023: CAMP LEJEUNE CLASS ACTION REQUESTED
As the number of lawsuits grows, attorneys for both the U.S. government and plaintiffs are requesting that the cases be combined under one judge or that the court manages pretrial proceedings in a coordinated manner.
March 28, 2023: RAPID INCREASE IN LAWSUITS
A significant spike in new Camp Lejeune civil lawsuits has been observed, with 179 cases filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina in just one week, nearly doubling the number of pending cases.
March 27, 2023: DELAYS CONVERTING PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS TO WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS
The inability of the government to act quickly on Camp Lejeune water contamination claims has serious consequences. The Department of the Navy has not yet developed a streamlined system for processing claims, leaving over 20,000 administrative claims unresolved.
March 20, 2023: WARNING FOR CAMP LEJEUNE CLAIMANTS AGAINST SCAMS
Claimants must be cautious of scams attempting to exploit their personal information. No Camp Lejeune cases have been settled or heard in court as of this date.
March 19, 2023: EASED BURDEN OF PROOF IN CAMP LEJEUNE LAWSUITS
The standard of proof for causation in Camp Lejeune lawsuits is lower, making it easier for victims to establish a link between their illness and the contaminated water.
March 12, 2023: SLOW PROGRESS IN CAMP LEJEUNE LAWSUIT UPDATES
The government has not yet created a system for processing the tens of thousands of anticipated lawsuits, potentially causing further delays.
March 2, 2023: CAMP LEJEUNE LAWSUITS HIT 200
Progress remains slow for Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits in the Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court, with roughly 200 cases filed so far. Scheduling and trial dates have yet to be determined, while administrative claims continue to grow at a gradual pace, reaching approximately 25,000. It appears that the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Department of the Navy has not proposed any settlements, opting instead to let the 180-day review period lapse, permitting claimants to file lawsuits in federal court.
February 23, 2023: VA ADDRESSES CAMP LEJEUNE BENEFIT CONCERNS
David Barrans, an attorney representing the VA, has clarified that submitting a Camp Lejeune claim under the Pact Act or Camp Lejeune Justice Act will not impact an individual’s eligibility for VA benefits. The VA has become more vocal on this matter, expressing concern that veterans may not apply for disability benefits due to pursuing a Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim.
February 16, 2023: UPDATE ON CAMP LEJEUNE LAWSUITS AND CLAIMS
In the Eastern District of North Carolina, an additional nine CLJA civil lawsuits were submitted, bringing the total count of Camp Lejeune lawsuits to 112, following the expiration of
the administrative claim deadline for the earliest JAG claims. JAG has recently disclosed receiving over 20,000 administrative claims related to the CLJA.
February 12, 2023: CAMP LEJEUNE LITIGATION PROGRESSES
On February 10, 2023, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act advanced to the next stage of litigation. The Act, which passed on August 10, 2022, granted those affected the right to file claims and subsequent lawsuits for damages caused by contaminated water at the base.
The initial step requires individuals to file an administrative claim with the Department of the Navy (DON), which then has 180 days to accept, deny, or let the claim expire. If a claim remains unresolved after the 180 days, the individual may proceed with a lawsuit. As of February 10, 2023, thousands of initial administrative claims have expired without resolution, leading to the expectation that the Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court will soon see a surge in lawsuits.
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